(07/29/2009)
Twenty-six law enforcement agencies in West Virginia will receive $5.1 million in federal grant money to add to their ranks.

The funding comes from the government's Community Oriented Policing Services program, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The grant money provides the full amount of salary and benefits for three years.

Police departments are required to retain those positions for another year.

Three regional departments received grants:

- Braxton County Sheriff, 1 officer, $150,227

- Clay, 1 officer, $115,167

- Gassaway, 1 officer, $100,443

Eighty-two agencies statewide applied for the grant. Only 31 percent of them received money.

Overall, $24,832,176 was requested to hire 174 officers in West Virginia.

Nationwide, the federal government awarded nearly $1 billion in grant money to 1,046 law enforcement agencies.

There were more than 7,200 USA applicants, requesting more than $8 billion.


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